Federal judge halts ban on ACORN funding

From The Hill's blog:

A federal judge today issued an injunction preventing the implementation of a congressional ban on funding for ACORN.

Judge Nina Gershon concluded that the ban amounted to a "bill of attainder" that unfairly singled out ACORN.

"[The plaintiffs] have been singled out by Congress for punishment that directly and immediately affects their ability to continue to obtain federal funding, in the absence of any judicial, or even administrative, process of adjudicating guilt," Gershon wrote in her decision.

Gershon said ACORN had demonstrated "irreperable harm" from the ban, while "the potential harm to the government, in granting the injunction, is less.

Conservative heads are exploding.

Speaking of ACORN, Editor & Publisher recently published an outstanding piece by Christopher R. Martin and Peter Dreier on the media's "false framing" of ACORN.

I was very sorry to read this week that Editor & Publisher is shutting down after more than 100 years in business.

Update [2009-12-11 21:10:35 by desmoinesdem]: I await an outraged statement from ACORN-obsessed Representative Steve King (IA-05), even though ACORN has done nothing wrong.

Update [2009-12-11 21:44:2 by desmoinesdem]: The Center for Constitutional Rights hailed the ruling, and you can download a pdf file containing the judge's ruling at that site (hat tip Steve M).

Update [2009-12-11 21:59:33 by desmoinesdem]: Here's the roll call showing which 75 House Democrats had the courage to vote against this unconstitutional bill.

Tags: ACORN, federal funding for ACORN (all tags)



Re: Federal judge halts ban on ACORN funding

Frankly, this seemed like a slam-dunk legal ruling to me from the moment the lawsuit was filed.  People don't have to like it.

It is amusing that Judge Gershon's Wikipedia entry already states that "the decision was met by widespread criticism and calls for Judge Gershon's impeachment."

by Steve M 2009-12-11 04:01PM | 0 recs
Re: Federal judge halts ban on ACORN funding

Folk were saying this was going to happen the moment the legislation was filed.

Consider this vs. the Franken Amendment. It's sad that a freshman senator knows more about the constitution than the majority of legislators.

by vecky 2009-12-11 04:04PM | 0 recs
Re: Federal judge halts ban on ACORN funding

Clearly, the Republicans didn't really care about defunding ACORN, since they could have redrafted the bill fairly easy to accomplish the same goal in a constitutional way.  They just wanted to embarrass the Democrats.

by Steve M 2009-12-11 04:08PM | 0 recs
Re: Federal judge halts ban on ACORN funding

We're then stuck with the theory that a) Republicans are secretly in favor of ACORN. I prefer b) Republicans are simply incompetent.

by vecky 2009-12-11 04:10PM | 0 recs
Re: Federal judge halts ban on ACORN funding

A link to the judge's decision is here.

by Steve M 2009-12-11 04:20PM | 0 recs
for some reason
when I keep trying to add that link to my post, it takes me to a nonexistent page.
When I click on your link I get the ruling, and I think I am copying the pdf address exactly. Maybe the spaces in the document title are messing it up. I don't know what the problem is.
by desmoinesdem 2009-12-11 04:45PM | 0 recs


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